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Mid-Ohio Challenge Entry List

The NASCAR XFINITY Series heads West this weekend from Watkins Glen International to Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course for the second of three road course events in the month of August.

There are 42 cars on the preliminary entry list, and zero Monster Energy NASCAR Cup regulars in the field, as they will be racing at Michigan International Speedway this weekend.

Some notable changes include Ben Kennedy and Scott Lagasse Jr. driving the No. 2 and No. 3 Chevrolets, respectively, for Richard Childress Racing.  Kennedy and Lagasse replace Cup regulars Paul Menard and Ty Dillon.

Joe Gibbs Racing will have some new faces in Regan Smith and James “JD” Davison making their season debuts, replacing Kyle Busch and Erik Jones. Smith, the 2015 winner at Mid-Ohio, will drive the No. 18 Toyota while Davison will drive the No. 20. Davison, who has raced in the Verizon IndyCar Series, IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and Pirelli World Challenge this year, will be making his second career XFINITY Series start.  The previous one came at Road America in 2015, where he finished 19th for DGR Motorsports.

Anthony Kumpen, who is currently competing in the NASCAR Euro Series, will wheel the No. 46.  Kumpen replaces Quin Houff.

The defending race winner of the event, Justin Marks, is back with Chip Ganassi Racing. It will be Marks’ first NASCAR event of this season, as he returns to the No. 42 that he found Victory Lane in last season at the road course in Ohio.

Also, there is a jumbling of drivers at JD Motorsports.  Sheldon Creed will make his XFINITY Series debut in the No. 01 this weekend.  As a result, Harrison Rhodes moves to the No. 0.  Garrett Smithley, who usually pilots that vehicle, will run the No. 15 for the team this weekend.

Finally, Obiaka Racing is scheduled to make their return to the garage for the first time since Texas in April.  They have entered the No. 77 Chevrolet for Gregory Vandersluis.  If Vandersluis can get in on speed, he will make his XFINITY Series debut.

The green flag for the Mid-Ohio Challenge is scheduled to fly at approximately 3:48 p.m. ET. Television coverage can be found on NBCSN.

EntryCar NumberDriverSponsorManuOwner
100Cole CusterHaas AutomationFordGene Haas
201Sheldon Creedteamjdmotorsports.comChevroletJohnny Davis
307Andy LallyBranson Supply/MotorcrushChevroletBobby Dotter
40Harrison Rhodesteamjdmotorsports.comChevroletGary Coswell
51Elliott SadlerOneMain FinancialChevroletDale Earnhardt Jr.
62Ben KennedyRheemChevroletRichard Childress
73Scott Lagasse Jr.TBDChevroletRichard Childress
84Ross Chastainteamjdmotorsports.comChevroletGary Keller
95Michael AnnettAllstate Parts & Service GroupChevroletDale Earnhardt Jr.
107Justin AllgaierBRANDT Professional AgricultureChevroletKelly Earnhardt-Miller
118Josh BilickiPrevagenChevroletJessica Smith-Mcleod
129William ByronAXALTA-Ambassador SupplyChevroletRick Hendrick
1311Blake KochLeafFilter Gutter ProtectionChevroletMatt Kaulig
1413Timmy HillTBDToyotaDanielle Long
1514JJ YeleyTriStar MotorsportsToyotaMark Smith
1615Garrett Smithleyteamjdmotorsports.comChevroletCarol Clark
1716Ryan ReedLilly DiabetesFordJack Roush
1818Regan Smith (i)Interstate BatteriesToyotaJD Gibbs
1919Matt TifftAkron Community Foundation/Acquire InvestmentToyotaJoe Gibbs
2020J.D. DavisonSportClipsToyotaJoe Gibbs
2121Daniel HemricBlue Gate BankChevroletRichard Childress
2222Sam Hornish Jr.Discount TireFordRoger Penske
2323Spencer GallagherAllegiant AirlinesChevroletMaurice Gallagher Jr.
2424Dylan LuptonNut UpToyotaMaria Gonzalez Hernandez
2528Dakoda ArmstrongWinField UnitedToyotaJames Whitener
2633Brandon JonesBali/MenardsChevroletRichard Childress
2739Ryan SiegRSS RacingChevroletRod Sieg
2840Carl LongTBDFordDanielle Long
2942Justin MarksBBR/Jason AldeanChevroletChip Ganassi
3046Anthony KumpenLeasePlanChevroletRick Gdovic
3148Brennan PooleDC SolarChevroletChip Ganassi
3251Jeremy ClementsBRT ExtrusionsChevroletTony Clements
3352Joey GaseDonate LifeChevroletJimmy Means
3462Brendan GaughanSouth Point Hotel & CasinoChevroletRichard Childress
3574Cody Ware (i)TBDDodgeMike Harmon
3678Stephen YoungWealth Recovery InternationalChevroletBJ McLeod
3789Morgan ShepherdTBDChevroletCindy Shepherd
3890Matt BellActev MotorsChevroletMichelle Gosselin
3993Jeff GreenRSS RacingChevroletPamela Sieg
4098Casey MearsGeico MilitaryFordFred Biagi
4199David StarrTBDChevroletJessica Smith-Mcleod

About the author

Davey is in his fifth season with Frontstretch and currently serves as a multimedia editor and reporter. He authors the "NASCAR Mailbox" column, spearheads the site's video content and hosts the Frontstretch Podcast weekly. He's covered the K&N Pro Series and ARCA extensively for NASCAR.com and currently serves as an associate producer for SiriusXM NASCAR Radio and production assistant for NBC Sports Washington. Follow him on Twitter @DaveyCenter.

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